Brian Barrett, 53, of Dania Beach, Fla., formerly of Scranton, died Jan. 9 after a short illness.
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Born in Scranton on March 19, 1959, he was the son of Jerry Barrett and the late Mary Grace Kern Barrett. A 1977 graduate of Scranton Central High School, he received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Widener University in 1981 and also attended continuing education classes in health administration at Temple University. After graduation, he remained in the Philadelphia area, where he worked for the next 16 years. He fulfilled his dream in 1997 by moving to sunny Florida. He was employed as the corporate controller for Laker Airlines until its closure following 9/11. He then tried his hand at being an entrepreneur of his own small business, Outreach Outpost, until recently, when he was experiencing health problems. He was very active in politics in both Philadelphia and Florida, as well as nationally. He was even elected as a delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. He was a proud Democrat who believed in equality for everyone.
Brian recently became a serious fan of cooking shows and loved to put his own twist on any great recipe. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, deeming himself the biggest Flyers fan in Florida. He loved to travel and spent much of his time working on his computer. Brian's nieces were the light of his life; he adored them and adored being an uncle. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, who will be missed every day by all who knew him.
Also surviving are a sister, Kelly Murphy, Scranton; a brother, Tom Barrett and wife, Kathleen, Henryville; his three beloved nieces, Shealyn Murphy, Caroline and Julia Barrett.
He was also preceded in death by a baby brother in 1960.
Per Brian's request, there will be no funeral services. A celebration of life will be held at a future time.
Arrangements by the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton.
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 31, 2013